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Munros One Hundred and Seventy Two to Seventy Five

Munros One Hundred and Seventy Two to Seventy Five


Postby Chris Henshall » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:54 am

Route description: Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh, Bridge of Orchy

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chreachain, Beinn Achaladair, Beinn an Dothaidh, Beinn Dorain

Date walked: 10/08/2018

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Friday, 10th. August, 2018:
Finding opportunities to climb the Scottish hills is difficult when you live in Kent but my brother's father-in-law spent this summer on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in Northumberland so a family reunion got me more than half way there with Tommy (my son) and Mary (my daughter) for company. After a crowded night in the local pub with all the cousins and camping in my father-in-law's garden, we were only a little jaded the next morning and managed to beat the tide over the causeway to the mainland before enduring a slow journey to Edinburgh and then to Crianlarich.
Day 1c. Slow journey up the A1.JPG
A slow journey up the A1 from Lindisfarne (09.08.2018.)
We'd made our plans long since and, leaving the car outside Ben More Lodge, we got a lift up to Achallader and set off into the hills, heading for Gorton; the aim was - despite a terrible forecast for the weekend - to walk back to Crianlarich over the tops. After a couple of heavy showers on the walk in, the bothy was very welcome - very tidy, comfy chairs, wood panelling and, even though we didn't have any fuel, it had a fireplace that clearly worked. Thanks to the MBA!
Day 1d. Bothy.JPG
Tommy and Mary outside Gorton Bothy (09.08.2018.)
Day 1e. Bothy.JPG
Tommy and Mary looking to the next day's hills from Gorton Bothy (09.08.2018.)
The next morning, we left the place as tidy as we had found it and were away soon after 8.00.am., heading up the long, grassy slopes of Beinn a'Chreachain in improving weather. Very annoyingly, though, problems struck almost straight away as Mary's ancient boots started to disintegrate, the soles beginning to break away and flap off at the heels. Maybe she shouldn't have trusted cheap fabric boots bought about a dozen years ago for a D of E trip for a fairly heavy duty trip in Scotland - but, whatever the circumstances, it wasn't an especially good advertisement for High Tech! Luckily, though, both Tommy and I had some spare boot laces in our sacks and we managed to bind the soles to the uppers temporarily - but we were forced to move much more slowly and it was clear that we'd have to modify our plans as three consecutive days out in the hills with disintegrating boots wasn't going to work.
Day 2b. Pause on ascent of Munro 1.jpg
On the way up Beinn a'Chreachain with Loch Lyon behind and Mary's boots already disintegrating (10.08.2018.)
That said, things got better as we gained height; the weather continued to improve and the ridge leading up to the summit of Beinn a'Chreachain was terrific with views both over Rannoch Moor to the Blackmount and over to the head of Loch Lyon, where we had been hoping to explore. The summit itself made for an airy perch and, despite the problem with the boots, morale was high!
Day 2c. Summit of Munro 1.jpg
Summit of Beinn a'Chreachain (10.08.2018.)
After that, the ridge southwards was a delight and although Mary had to tread gently, we ticked off Beinn Achaladair (the most enjoyable hill of the day with its high, long southern ridge) and Beinn an Dotaidh in good order; it was great to be up high on a fresh, sunny day.
Day 2e. Heading up Munro 2.JPG
Mary on the slopes of Meall Buidhe heading for Beinn Achaladair (10.08.2018.)
Day 2h. Summit of Munro 2.jpg
Tommy and Mary arriving on the summit of Beinn Achaladair (10.08.2018.)
Day 2i. Descending Munro 2.JPG
A pause on the long southern ridge of Beinn Achaladair (10.08.2018.)
Day 2l. Summit of Munro 3.JPG
Tommy and me on the summit of Beinn an Dothaidh (10.08.2018.)
Sadly, though, the clag blew in a little for our final climb up Beinn Dorain and, after an interesting approach to the summit via a traverse on its western side, we failed to get a view from the top. Nevertheless, it had been a good day wandering along the ridges, albeit a slow one because of Mary's boots.

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It was now, though, time to make a decision. We clearly couldn't descend to the head of Loch Lyon and then head further south as planned but, equally, the weather was still pretty good and we were equipped to camp high. The solution was to camp in the upper reaches of Coire a'Ghabhalaich to the north of Beinn Dorain and then, the next day, head to Tyndrum and the Green Welly Emporium (where we'd be able to get hold of new boots) and continue south, albeit on a less adventurous route. We were rewarded with an enjoyable high camp.
Day 2o. Mary at Campsite.jpg
Mary at our campsite in Coire a'Ghabhalach (10.08.2018.)
Day 2p. Mary at Campsite.jpg
Another view of the site in campsite in Coire a'Ghabhalach (10.08.2018.)
Day 2s. Fat Dad cooks at Campsite.JPG
Fat Dad attends to the chicken noodle soup (10.08.2018.)
Postscript:
We had expected bad weather to blow in as forecast but we woke to some sunshine and no rain - making the decision to abandon our plans even harder. Nevertheless, Mary couldn't go far with the boots that she had so we headed back over the bealach between Beinn an Dothaidh and Beinn Dorain to hit the West Highland Way at Bridge of Orchy and then head to Tyndrum for a pair of new boots (reduced to £100!!) and a lunchtime beer.
Day 3a. Old Boots in Tyndrum.jpg
Discarding Mary's old boots at the pub in Tyndrum (11.08.2018.)
Day 3b. New Boots in Tyndrum.jpg
New boots in Tyndrum (11.08.2018.)
Day 3c. Refreshment with old boots in Tyndrum.jpg
Mary, toasting her new boots with the old ones still on the table (11.08.2018.)
There was a temptation to waste the rest of the day in Tyndrum but, in contrast to the forecast, the weather was still holding up so we headed further south and peeled off back into the hills up Gleann a'Chlachain to camp high under the western slopes of Ben Challum. We might still be able to take in a few hills on our way to Crianlarich tomorrow.
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